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Georgia AAA Basketball Roundup
One of basketball’s hotbeds for the past few years has been the Atlanta Metro area. Beginning in the early-to-mid 2000s, AAU hoops in particular, has seen some incredible teams consisting of athletes who’ve gone on to make national impact at every level. NBA superstars such as Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith first burst into the national spotlight as members of the Atlanta Celtics AAU squad. Atlanta-area high school basketball has also benefitted from the AAU success, with standouts such as Shareef Abdur-Rahim, James Forrest, Dion Glover, Louis Williams and Al-Farouq Aminu going on to college and NBA stardom. In the current Atlanta high school ranks, future standouts Malcolm Trogdon, Shannon Scott and rising senior Tony Parker are all poised to become household names very shortly. Parker, a 6-9 interior force, has been ranked by many services as the top prospect in the class of 2012.
The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, finishing with a record of 44-38, are seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference and are facing the 4th-seeded Orlando Magic in a first-round playoff series. The Hawks feature a mixture of veteran experience and youthful energy, led by All-Star SG Joe Johnson, PF Josh Smith and C Al Horford. Atlanta has been one of the league’s most consistent teams for the past four seasons, averaging 45 wins during that span.
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